Knives are a kitchen essential – you’ll need them for just about every meal you prepare. Investing in a set of knives means you will cover all the basics and a matching knife set can look smart, too. It can also be more cost-effective than buying them individually.
When you’re looking to buy a best budget knife set, one of the first things to consider is whether they will meet all your needs. Some of the smaller sets we tested didn’t contain a bread knife, for instance. This might be fine if you already have one, or only buy sliced bread, but it will be an issue for many.
Top 10 Best Budget Knife Set in UK for 2021
From options for those in search of the top chef’s knife in the world to solutions for those looking for best budget knife set, we’re sure to help you find what you need.
1. Richardson Sheffield 5-Piece V Sabatier Knife Block Set, Silver
These knives really are excellent value for money, especially from a well-respected brand like Sabatier. The blades are made of high carbon stainless steel making them strong and hardwearing. They also have a full tang, this means that the steel goes right to the centre of the handle giving the blade extra power. What’s more, the blades are tapered making them more precise. Non-slip technology is used for the handles and they are stored in a gently curved light woodblock, this would look good in all traditional or wood heavy kitchens.
2. Viners 0305.216 Assure 4 Piece Knife Set
If you have young children or are simply tired of nipping yourself on knives that have been put in the drawer the wrong way round, Viners have come up with an ideal solution. Unlike classic blades, each knife in the Assure set has a completely flat tip. While this makes for a rather usual looking blade, it barely changes the way they work – you can still cut, slice and dice like you normally would. In the set you get a 6in chef’s knife, 6in santoku knife, 5in utility knife and 3.5in paring knife. This is ideal for everyday tasks but if you like to experiment with a wide variety of ingredients then you’ll likely need to supplement this set with additional knives.
In the hand, these knives are lightweight and comfortable, and the non-slip coating on the handle is a nice addition both for practicality and looks. For the price, they did an excellent job of cutting through soft to medium foods, though struggled a little when it came to cutting up squash. Nonetheless, if you’re on a budget and want to keep sharp tips away from tiny hands, we’d highly recommend this set.
3. Joseph Joseph Elevate Knives
These silicone-coated blades offer a reliable and no-nonsense kitchen knife set, including everything you need, from a paring knife to a carving knife.
The blades are sharp and non-stick,and have been designed to improve hygiene and minimise mess. Each knife has a weighted handle with an integrated tool rest, ensuring that when the knife is placed down its head is always raised off the work surface. Genius.
Each one also has a protective sheath boasting a built-in sharpener for longevity.
4. Sabatier Original 5 Piece Knife Block Set
French specialist Sabatier has been making blades for over 200 years, and this five-piece knife set, like the Tower one above, features a paring knife, utility knife, carving knife, bread knife, and chef’s knife. The wooden block, made from acacia wood, has 36 positive reviews from customers — which is almost one in five of all reviews written — and was highlighted as being sturdy and aesthetically pleasing by many reviewers. The blades themselves also got commended in 99 reviews — including their grip, sturdiness, and weight. One reviewer bought them for a friend with an autoimmune condition that makes gripping heavy objects difficult, and said these knives had been a lifesaver. These come with a five-year guarantee and are classed as dishwasher-safe, but the manufacturer suggests washing and drying by hand to prolong their shelf life, as excess water can cause rust.
5. Robert Welch Signature 6 Piece Block Set
This set of knives produced by Rober Welch is a great quality six-piece set that is perfect for someone looking to invest a bit more into their knives. This set comes with a chef’s knife, a bread knife, an 11cm santoku knife, a utility knife, a paring knife, and a carving knife. Robert Welch had help from professional chefs when designing this set to make sure that they were the best quality. They are top of their class in terms of sharpness and strength, this is due to the fact they have a full tang and are made of German stainless steel and their blade edges are Japanese-style. Tactile duPont is used to produce the handles which are extremely comfortable. The solid oak block holds the blades vertically so that the knives’ edges are not damaged whilst in storage.
6. Farberware 5204467 Platinum Self-Sharpening
The Farberware 7-piece Self Sharpening Japanese Stainless Steel Knife Block Set is a stylish knife block set which would look stunning in a contemporary kitchen. Here’s the features it has to offer. The block which the knives sit in has built in sharpeners which sharpen the knives every time a knife is placed in the holder, making it a convenient set as you never need to sharpen a knife again. Each knife slot in the holder contains a ceramic rod placed precisely to hone the edge of the knife’s blade, ensuring an expert cut every time.
Each knife in the set is made from high-carbon Japanese stainless steel blades, making them high quality and durable. The knives are ergonomically designed and have triple riveted handles, designed for comfort. The 7 piece set includes an 8 inch chef’s knife, 8 inch slicing knife, 5.25 inch chef’s knife, 4.5 inch fine edge utility knife, 3.5 inch paring knife, 1 set of all purpose shears and a cutlery block with edgekeeper sharpening technology to safely store all the components in. The knife set is hand wash only.
7. Richardson Sheffiled Kyu KY050 5
This amazingly striking set of knives from Richardson is designed to be more than just a knife set. It is also meant to be a beautifully crafted piece that will be a talking point in the kitchen. Here is why it made number two. Made from high carbon stainless steel, the blades are easy to sharpen and stay sharp for a long time. The five piece set comes in a beautifully designed wood block to keep them safe and organised. They are totally dishwasher safe so that you don’t have to spend time washing them by hand. They won’t tarnish or rust no matter how many times you wash them. They come with an impressive 30 year guarantee which shows just how strong and durable these knives are.
If you want a set of strong knives that have a distinctive look, then these are the ones to choose. Durable and completely dishwasher safe, they deserve their place at number two
8. Taylors Eye Witness 5pc Brooklyn Copper Fan Knife Block Set
The eye catching set is very visually appealing and refreshingly different. This knives are fun, fashionable, and affordable and will brighten up your kitchen. Each knife has a different colour which makes them easy to tell them apart, a feature which may be of use for the partially sighted. It is easy to see the knives in the washing up bowl.
The knifes are stored in a clever acrylic block which can be aligned vertically, or fanned out to really show off the blade colours.
Each knife is easy to grip and comfortable to use. The Chef’s knife slices cleanly through meats and vegetables. The bread knife is a bit of a weak link though, not gliding through loaves as easily as you would want it to, but this is compared to more expensive knives. My only other concern is the durability of the plastic block.
9. Global NI 6 Piece Knife Block Set
This knife set is a beautiful looking one, with handles that remind me of the Japanese blades of old used by the Samurai, to a full silver look that adds not only to its beautiful exterior, from the blade handles to the holder it comes in, but it also adds to the uniformity that is one of the major pros of any knife set out there. The knives and pros this set has been. It has five knives total. An eighteen and eleven centimetre cook knife. A fifteen centimetre flexible utility knife, an eleven centimetre general utility knife and a twelve centimetre Santoku knife. The holder itself has extra space for additional knives, if you even want to expand your collection beyond what it currently has. Which is a convenient addition, since if I just wanted to buy one maybe two more, having to obtain a second holder or some other way of storing my them, would cost more. Sharp, stylish and easy to use. These knives are made in such a way that not only do they look amazing, but they are as sharp as you would like them as well as making them easier to use than first expected from a fancily designed set.
10. Lief + svein knife set
This is an affordable, true German steel nine-piece knife block set but what really sets it apart from the others is the inclusion of the best cooking companion one can have — the iPad. A barely-there iPad stand allows for adventurous new recipe following without dealing with greasy laptop keyboards or small phone screens. Don’t have an iPad? It fits old school recipe cards just as easily.
How to test the knife set
We tested a representative sample of knife sets and scored them against the following criteria.
- Effective cutting. This is key – there’s no point having a beautiful set of knives if they’re ineffective. We wanted knives that cut cleanly and easily, and tested each set on crusty baguettes, tomatoes, peppers and carrots. We also used them for a variety of everyday kitchen tasks including cutting raw potatoes, slicing cucumber and leeks, and chopping onions, nuts and dried fruit.
- Quality. We rated our knives for strength and balance. We also looked for knives that are comfortable to hold and use.
- Range. Taking into account the number of knives in each set, we looked for a good variety
- Aesthetics. Many knife sets are designed to be on display. We awarded marks for stylish knives and, if applicable, for the appearance of the knife block, too.
- Storage. We looked at whether the knife block was thoughtfully designed to store knives safely and securely
- Value. Our sample ranged from £8.99 to £399 and in each case, we looked at whether the knife set offered value for money.
No matter which knives you choose, they will need maintenance and eventually need to be sharpened. Some knife sets include steels, so you can hone the knives to maintain them regularly, and some knife sets have self-sharpening knife slots. Base your decision on whether you need these options or not.